Pics From Fox Upfronts Presentation 2015

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Pics From Fox Upfronts Presentation 2015
Posted by Wilson Morales

May 12, 2015

Empire cast at Fox Upronts 2015

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the FOX primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre.

Kicking off the event was a performance by the cast of Empire and Jennifer Hudson, as Bryshere Gray and Jussie Smollett sang “No Apologies” before the cast sang “You’re So Beautiful.” As for season two, the expanded 18-episode season will be split into two parts, will be layered with even more guest stars like Chris Rock and will include original music by Ne-Yo in addition to Timbaland.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman at Fox Upronts 2015

“Building on the phenomenal momentum created by ‘Gotham,’ ‘The Last Man on Earth’ and, of course, ‘Empire,’ we’re infusing next season’s schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials – all from the best creators in the business,” said Walden and Newman.

The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder.” A comedy about coming of age – at any age – “Grandfathered” stars John Stamos (“Full House,” “ER”) as the ultimate bachelor whose life is turned upside down when he discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather. “The Grinder,” starring Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation,” “The West Wing”) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”), follows a famous TV lawyer (Lowe) who, after his hit series, “The Grinder,” is canceled, moves back home and joins his brother (Savage) at their family’s real-life law firm – despite having no formal education, no bar certification, no license to practice and no experience in an actual courtroom.

Fox Upfronts 2015 Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett

Award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan meld comedy, mystery and horror in “Scream Queens.” All hell is about to break loose for the Kappa House sisters of Wallace University when a murder takes place, exactly 20 years after a mysterious death originally rocked their college campus. The super-charged anthology series is a modern take on the classic whodunit with a killer cast, including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis , Lea Michele, Oliver Hudson, Keke Palmer and guest stars Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas among others. With at least one casualty each week until the mystery is solved, anyone could be the next victim – or the murderer.

Two new dramas – the futuristic “Minority Report” and the Miami-set “Rosewood” – debut this fall. Based on Steven Spielberg’s international blockbuster film and the first of his films to be adapted for television, “Minority Report” follows the partnership between a man (Stark Sands) haunted by the future and a cop (Meagan Good) haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes before they happen.

Fox Upfronts 2015 Josh Peck, Christina Milian and John Stamos

Also joining the schedule this fall is “Rosewood.” From executive producer Todd Harthan (“Psych,” “Dominion”), “Rosewood” stars Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., a brilliant private pathologist who uses wildly sophisticated technology and his drive to live life to the fullest to help a tough-as-nails detective (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and the Miami PD uncover clues no one else can see.

The next mind-bending chapter of “The X-Files” debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling, six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

Fox Upfronts 2015 Jaina Lee Ortiz and Morris Chestnut

In 2016, additional new series joining the schedule include devilish drama “Lucifer” and modern action series “The Frankenstein Code”; and two comedies, “The Guide to Surviving Life” and animated “Bordertown.”

Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, “Lucifer” stars Tom Ellis (“Merlin”) as the charming, charismatic and handsome-as-hell original fallen angel, who, bored and unhappy in Hell, takes refuge in Los Angeles, where he uses his gift of persuasion to punish bad guys. But the longer he’s away from the underworld, the greater the threat that the worst of humanity could escape.

In “The Frankenstein Code,” from executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (“Life,” “Crisis”) and executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24”), a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops, is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists, as a 35-year-old (Rob Kazinsky, “True Blood”) with unpredictable near-superhuman abilities.

Fox Upfronts 2015 John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Schwimmer

“New Girl” will return to Tuesdays in January, for its first-ever season of virtually uninterrupted originals. These weekly all-new episodes will platform “The Guide to Surviving Life,” the new young ensemble comedy about a group of friends living together for the first time. Each episode is told from the perspective of Cooper Barrett (Jack Cutmore-Scott, Kingsman: The Secret Service), a wickedly charming and deeply flawed recent college grad whose life is filled with terrible choices, excellent mistakes and fantastic misadventures.

A new animated comedy from “Family Guy’s” Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane, “Bordertown” is a satirical look at the cultural shifts taking place in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Fox Upfronts 2015 Courtney B. Vance 2

“American Idol” will begin its 15th – and final – season this January on FOX. A season-long celebratory event, “American Idol XV” will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they search for the final “Idol” superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their “Idols.”

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Andy Samberg
BULLSEYE – Kellan Lutz
EMPIRE – Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey, Bryshere Gray, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Jussie Smollett, Lee Daniels
HOME FREE – Mike Holmes
GOTHAM – Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Will Forte, January Jones, Kristen Schaal
MASTERCHEF / MASTERCHEF JUNIOR– Graham Elliot, Christina Tosi
NEW GIRL – Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone
SCREAM QUEENS – Diego Boneta, Abigail Breslin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Oliver Hudson, Lucien Laviscount, Billie Lourd, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Nasim Pedrad, Glen Powell, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels
SLEEPY HOLLOW – Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Paula Abdul, Cat Deeley, Nigel Lythgoe
THE X- FILES – Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter, David Duchovny

FX stars from new and returning series, including:
“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”– Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance
“American Horror Story: Hotel”– Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson


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